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Instrumental Lessons

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Instrumental lessons are carried out in all schools and provided by our team of experienced and enthusiastic Instructors.

Why should I learn an instrument?

Some of the reasons for learning an instrument are that:

  • 20% of children learn to play music, 70% of adults wish they had
  • research suggests that early music tuition improves a child's maths skills significantly
  • music is one of the few activities in life that utilises the entire brain
  • singing exercises your heart, lungs and releases endorphins making you feel good
  • trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another

How to book lessons

Tuition is available on:

  • strings
  • woodwind
  • brass
  • guitar
  • keyboard
  • percussion

If you would like your child to receive lessons from a member of the Dorset Music Service teaching team, please contact your child's school directly to gain further information.

If you are a school wanting to book tuition please contact the Dorset Music Service office with details of which instrument(s) you require tuition on and for how many students. We will then be able to advise you on how much time you will require for these lessons and send you a booking form to complete your request.

Benefits of using the Dorset Music Service for Instrumental Tuition

Tuition from Dorset Music Service comes with:

BenefitHow this is achieved
Quality assuranceThrough structured performance management, which includes observations and in-service training. All our Instructors have up-to-date safeguarding training and enhanced DBS clearance. If you are sourcing tuition privately please see the Private Tutors leaflet (pdf, 303kb) (opens in a new window) for guidance on safeguarding.
Practice notebooksAll pupils taught by Dorset Music Service will receive a Practice Notebook. This provides a means of communication between pupil, Instructor and parent, whilst providing a record of tasks, pieces studied and achievement.

Progress reports

Instructors write a yearly pupil report at the end of the Spring Term.

How it is delivered

We provide lessons through Instructors who work in schools to deliver tuition on a range of instruments for 30 weeks of the academic year. All pupils are taught within the framework of the nationally approved 'A Common Approach 2002'. Lessons are delivered depending on Instructor availability and school requests before, during or at the end of the school day.

Please see our instrumental tuition delivery calendar (pdf, 357kb) (opens in a new window) for further details: 

Support with cost

Support with tuition costs can be accessed with an application to Richard Ely Trust (opens in a new window) and/or Future Talent (opens in a new window).

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